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March 10, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College is one of eight college and university programs nationwide to receive $10,000 from the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund.

The money will be used for infrastructure to support post-consumer waste composting, said Krystal Anton, the center’s recycling and waste minimization coordinator.

“We collect kitchen food waste for our composting program now, but there is an additional 51 tons of material that could be diverted from the landfill by collecting it as post-consumer compost,” Anton said. “This includes restroom paper towel waste, food and food packaging waste from the dining services and catering, and making composting available to interested offices.”

The post-consumer compost will be sent to Missouri Organics due to equipment and space constraints. The kitchen food composting will continue here on campus for use at the Campus Farm and as a living laboratory for students.

PepsiCo Recycling introduced the Zero Impact Fund to help college and university partners reach their environmental goals for the 2016-17 school year. The fund offered eligible colleges and universities a chance to win up to $10,000.

The Center for Sustainability applied for the funding in November and learned recently of the award.